Open Letter from 151 Iranian Civil Rights Activist Regarding Political Prisoner Arash Sadeghi’s Deteriorating Cancer

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By The Free Iranian Staff

 

Arash Sadeghi
Arash Sadeghi before imprisonment and now, suffering from worsening Chondrosarcoma in prison and denied medical care

In an open letter, 150 civil rights activists and families of political prisoners expressed concern over the deterioration of Arash Sadeghi’s physical condition, demanding his immediate transfer to the hospital. Arash Sadeghi is a civil activist suffering from bone cancer. Sadeghi is imprisoned in Rajai Shahr.

Arash Sadeghi has been held in Rajai Shahr Prison, and prison officials refuse to transfer him to the hospital for chemo and radiation treatment despite medical team’s recommendations.

Arash Sadeghi’s wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi-Iraie, tweeted: “Despite our overwhelming patience, prosecutors and judicial officers (interrogators of the case) continue to oppose Arash’s release (to the hospital). This, while Arash’s life (not his health) is in danger. Disabled, increased infections, and scans are not performed to ensure the tumor does not recur.”


Hrana, the independent Iranian Human Rights Activist News Agency has published a full transcript of this letter, along with the names of the signatories. The letter reads as follows:

“One year after Arash’s surgery and more than two years after the onset of the disease, he continues to be denied access to specialized treatment and deprived of treatment that is his basic rights as a prisoners.

Disregard for the treatment has caused Arash’s infection to worsen; his right arm has swollen, numb, and immobilized from the shoulder to the fingertips.

He has been using oral antibiotics continuously for the past year. But this type of treatment has is insufficient due to the high rate of infection and chronic illness, increasing the incidence and severity of the illness, making the treatment impossible, hence diminishing his chance of recovery.

The incident began when security agents returned him to prison without regard for the medical team’s opinion that he should remain in hospital.

Since then, the surgical wound has infected and is worsening by the day.

The doctor prescribed chemotherapy, which was refused and prevented by the authorities.

Also, because of suspicion of tumor recurrence in other parts of the body, his physician required him to perform a full scan of the entire body. This scan should be performed every four months. Short of treatment, the scan failed and the treatment was stopped, the right hand was disabled and the body no longer reacted to the antibiotic and was weak and lethargic due to drug side effects.

We, a group of activists and families of political prisoners, hereby express our concern about the deterioration of Arash Sadeghi’s condition and call for immediate medical attention.

Obviously, our objection to the loss of Arash’s health and his being in dangerous situations at any moment can lead to an irreparable situation. Therefore, we would like to take the necessary steps to dispatch Arash’s treatment without delay and formalities in carrying through the complete recovery process.

The responsibility of Arash Sadeghi life lies with the prison authority, the judicial authorities, the prosecution (which is legally responsible for issuing licenses to political prisoners) and the judiciary.”

  • Idris Ghorbani
  • Adineh Beigi
  • Arezoo Morad Vissi
  • Arash Mohammadi
  • Arash Hampay
  • Azad Lorki
  • Asadollah Fakhimi
  • Asghar Sadeghi
  • Azam Monshizadeh
  • Afsaneh Azim Zadeh
  • Akbar Yazdi
  • Akram Rahimpour
  • Elias Ghorbani
  • Ameneh Asgari
  • Omid Shafi’i
  • Amir Amirgholi
  • Amir Chamani
  • Amir Khosravan
  • Enseh Da’emi
  • Babak Asiaie
  • Bahra Alamdari
  • Behrooz Javid Tehrani
  • Bijan Najafi
  • Pantea Mir-Fassihi
  • Parvaneh Ghasemian
  • Parvin Mohammadi
  • Pegah Taikandi
  • Peyman Shajirati
  • Soraya Ghorbani
  • Jafar Ebrahimi
  • Jafar Ramezani
  • Negar Masoudi
  • Hassan Ghorbani
  • Hossein Bahari
  • Hossein Daemi
  • Hossein Shapari
  • Hossein Gandom-Dash
  • Hossein Mousavi
  • Nasrin Javadi
  • Hori Khanpur
  • Hori Golestani
  • Haidar Ghorbani
  • Daryoush Zand
  • Raheleh Ahmadi
  • Raheleh Rahamipour
  • Raheleh Farajzadeh Tarani
  • Raza Akvanian
  • Reza Nemati
  • Rezvaneh Mohammadi
  • Elham Sabetian
  • Ruhollah Mirzaei
  • Roozbeh Ekradi
  • Zaniar Sohrabi
  • Zahra Fayaz
  • Zahra Ghorbani
  • Zahra Mansouri
  • Sam Boorboor
  • Sepehr Hashemi
  • Sepideh Gholian
  • Sahar Bagheri
  • Sahar Azimzadeh
  • Soroor Salari
  • Saeed Eghbali
  • Samaneh Abedini
  • Nasim Mohammadi
  • Siavash Sabati
  • Siavash Moghimian
  • Shahin Najafi
  • Shayan Meshkin Ghalam
  • Sholeh Pakravan
  • Shokouf Salimian
  • Shahnaz Akmali
  • Shahnaz Saghezchi
  • Shahin Mahinfar
  • Shukat Mohammadi
  • Shirin Ahmadi
  • Shima Babaei
  • Sediqa Pak-Zemir
  • Ali Omidvar
  • Haydeh Bahari
  • Alireza Osanloo
  • Alireza Azami
  • Esa Leraki
  • Gholam Vissi
  • Fatemeh (Marie) Mohammadi
  • Fatemeh Osanloo
  • Fatemeh Bahmani
  • Fatemeh Nemati
  • Fatemeh Abdipour
  • Farah Hatami
  • Farah Sadati
  • Fardin Ghorbani
  • Farzaneh Raji
  • Farzin Rezaie Roshan
  • Farshad Fathian
  • Fereshteh Osanloo
  • Farangis Mohammadi
  • Fariba Rad
  • Farid Akramipour
  • Fahmieh Badkubah
  • Kukab Mohammadi
  • Nahid Sattari
  • Gulaleh Ghorbani
  • Golrokh Ebrahimi-Iraie
  • Banafsheh Pourzand
  • Gohar Fahimi
  • Lily Bazargan
  • Martha Fallah
  • Majid Ghaemi
  • Majid Yazdanparast
  • Mahboobeh Farahzadi
  • Mahboobeh Harbassian
  • Narges Bavi
  • Manoochehr Riaie
  • Sima Dadmanesh
  • Vida Mohammed
  • Mohammad Abbassian
  • Naseem Zafari
  • Mohammad Abbassian
  • Mohammad Karim Beigi
  • Mohammad Kord
  • Mohammad Karim Asayesh
  • Huriyeh Farajzadeh Tarani
  • Mohammad Moein
  • Morteza Esmailpour
  • Marjan Davoodi
  • Mersedeh Mohseni
  • Maryam Bahari
  • Maryam Eyni
  • Maryam Fooladi
  • Maryam Karimbeigi
  • Mojgan Najafi
  • Masoumeh Bahari
  • Masoumeh Dehghan
  • Masoumeh Shaghaghi
  • Masoumeh Nemati
  • Mansour Mansouri
  • Mansoureh Behkish
  • Manijeh Forouzandeh
  • Mehdi Fakhri
  • Mehrzad Bahari
  • Mehrzad Momeni
  • Mehrshad Gandom-Dash
  • Mehrnoush Songhori
  • Mehri Habibi
  • Mahsa Gandom-Dash
  • Mona Bahiri
  • Nadia Bahari
  • Nadheed Khodajoo
  • Nahid Bahari
  • Nahid Hosseini

In connection with Arash Sadeghi, the activist imprisoned in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court, which was extended to five years after his previous six-year suspended sentence. If Article 1 (Sentencing) is applied, this period will be reduced to 5 years and 6 months, however, there is still no word on the application of this Article to Mr. Sadeghi.

He is currently in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj having undergone surgery for malignant bone cancer called Chondrosarcoma during his imprisonment. However, Mr. Sadeghi’s deprivation from continuing treatment has caused many physical problems, especially in the surgical area.

Arash Sadeghi’s physicians believed that he should have been hospitalized once every four months after surgery, but he had been prevented from undergoing surgery for more than a year.

According to doctors’ prescriptions until July, he had to have a full scan of his body and confirmation of non-proliferation in the affected area, but this has not yet happened. Relatives of Arash Sadeghi have described the delays in sending this political prisoner to the hospital as deliberate and believe that this has put his health at risk.

Prohibition of sending Mr. Sadeghi under various pretexts has continued so far, including last month, when Amin Vaziri, a prosecutor for political prisoners supervising detention on the pretext of not wearing prison clothes and refusing to accept bracelets, was prevented.

Golrokh Ebrahimi-Iraei
Golrokh Ebrahimi-Iraei

It should be noted that Arash Sadeghi’s wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi-Iraie, was herself serving a prison sentence in November 2016, was released from Evin Prison on April 8, 2017. She had been sentenced to three any groups or political parties on another case has also recently been upheld by the appeals court. If Article 1 (Sentencing) is applied, this period will be reduced to 2 years and 1 month.

 

 

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